Brevard, N.C. – In what proved to be an exciting match from the start, the Brevard College women’s volleyball team overcame an early 2-0 deficit, storming back to win sets three, four and five to win the match 3-2 over Belmont Abbey on Thursday night.
After dropping set one 25-23 and set two 25-23, the Tornados did not give up and bounced back to win set three 25-15, set four 25-22 and the fifth and final set 15-10.
The win pushes the Tornados up to 6-2 overall, while Belmont Abbey falls to 2-6 with the loss.
The Tornados came out on fire in set one, running off six unanswered points and going up 6-0 early. However, Belmont Abbey battled back throughout the set to tie it up at 23-23 on a BC attack error. The Crusaders then scored the next two points to score the victory and take an early 1-0 advantage.
In set two, the two teams went back and forth with the Tornados no more than three points behind for the entire set. A Belmont Abbey attack error knotted the score up at 16-16 giving the Tornados new life. However, after a BC service error, Belmont Abbey did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the set finishing off the 25-23 win with a kill by Rebekah Weber, pushing the visitors up 2-0 for the match.
Facing a loss, the Tornados jumped out to an early12-4 lead in set three on a service ace from sophomore Cori Emory. The Tornados then turned in up a notch, holding off an offensive surge to take a demanding 23-14 lead on a kill by newcomer Jordei Osby. Not to be outdone, junior middle hitter and second-team All-SAC preseason selection Brooke Seaman gave the Tornados the 25-15 win with a hard kill, pushing the match to a fourth set.
Again the Tornados exploded out of the gates in the fourth set, jumping out to an early 8-4 lead on a kill by freshman Chelsea Larsen. The Tornados never trailed in the set, pushing the lead as high as five points at 13-8 on a kill by Seaman.
With the score at 23-22, and Belmont Abbey having scored the last two points, the Tornados looked to their two leading returners in Seaman and senior setter Jami Perry for scoring, as the duo connected on not one, but two straight kills to give BC the 25-22 win and force a fifth and final set.
In the final set of the match, both teams battled hard and what was a very even contest until the late points. With both teams trading points and timeouts, the Tornados finally pulled away when a kill by Chelsey Trojan gave BC the 11-10 advantage. The Tornados then ran off four straight unanswered points capped of by a Belmont Abbey attack error to come away with the 15-10 win and the 3-2 overall match victory.
The Tornados were led by Seaman’s 26 kills, two service aces, two solo blocks and two block assists. Outside hitters Trojan and Larsen had nine and seven kills, respectively, while Trojan added two service aces and eight digs of her own.
Osby posted eight kills, two solo blocks and one block assist for the match, while senior captain Perry dished out 41 assists to go along with six kills and two service aces.
Defensive specialists Rebecca Schoonover recorded a match high 16 digs, while fellow back row member Cori Emory had three service aces and seven digs over the five-set match.
Belmont Abbey was led by Sydney Steffen, who had 14 kills, two digs and one block assists, and Emily Frohnapfel, who recorded 11 kills and four block assists. Libero Carrie Markham recorded 14 digs for the match, while setters Weber and Molly Gwaltney posted 25 and 17 assists, respectively.
The Tornados will start a five-match road trip this Saturday, September 13, when BC will travel to Central, S.C. to compete in a tri-match with Southern Wesleyan University and North Greenville University. The Tornados will play host Southern Wesleyan at 1 p.m. and then turn around and play North Greenville at 3 p.m. Belmont Abbey will return to action on Tuesday, September 16, when the Crusaders will play host to St. Andrews Presbyterian at 7 p.m.